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Wildfire Business Transition Project

Funding for training available for businesses and
not-for-profits impacted by the 2017 wildfire season

June 15, 2018

WILLIAMS LAKE, BC --- Businesses and not-for-profit organizations impacted by last
summer’s wildfires in B.C.’s Interior will be able to access up to $10,000 in financial
support for training through a new program established by four Community Futures
groups in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, North Cariboo, Sun Country and Thompson regions. The
training program is part of the Wildfire Business Transition project, which provides
targeted support to help businesses and communities that were impacted by the wildfires.

Eligible businesses and not-for-profits will be able to access a maximum of $10,000 in
training support – up to $5,000 per owner/manager for business coaching or other selfidentified
training program, and up to $2,500 per employee.

“Our businesses are in transition,” said Karen Eden, general manager of Community
Futures Cariboo Chilcotin. “They’re moving beyond where they were last July, dealing
with the immediate aftermath of the fires, and are now looking ahead to how they can use
that experience to improve their businesses.”

Some businesses lost a lot of staff due to the evacuations, and now have to hire and train
new employees. Others are rethinking their businesses and may need new skills in order to
adjust to changing markets or take advantage of new opportunities.

“That’s why this training program is so flexible,” said Karen. “We’ve designed it to meet
a wide range of needs, from training new employees to business coaching and customized,
self-identified training for owners and managers.”

In addition to financial support for training, the Wildfire Business Transition Project also
offers outreach and advisory services through the Business Ambassador program, and
assistance in succession planning, thanks to funding from Western Economic
Diversification, Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle
Action Coalition and Community Futures.


Who can apply?
Businesses and not-for-profit organizations that were operating in a wildfire affected
community before July 7, 2017 and have less than 50 employees and a net profit of less
than $250,000 in the past 12 months.
Deadline for applications
Training must start and end no later than December 31, 2018. Training that has started and
been paid for between October 23, 2017 and December 31, 2018 is eligible.


How do I apply?
For more information or to apply, please call Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin at
(250) 392-3626 or visit our website at
The training support program is also available through the following Community Futures

Community Futures North Cariboo
Tel. (250) 992-2322 or 1-877-992-2322

Community Futures Sun Country
Tel. (250) 453-9165

Community Futures Thompson Country
Tel. (250) 828-8772

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About Community Futures

For over 25 years, we’ve been fostering entrepreneurship in rural BC. We offer small business loans, business counseling and specialized programs to help you start or grow a business, and to help communities become more resilient and dynamic.

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Williams Lake, BC
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Phone: (250)392-3626
Toll free: (888)879-5399
Fax: (250)392-4813